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    Video: Ray Chen entertains airline passengers with Bach


    The violinist plays the Gavotte from Partita no.3 aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Lisbon which had to take an unscheduled stop at Porto

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    Ray Chen on Strads, modern instruments and finding his sound


    In the second extract from his cover feature interview in the May 2018 Strad, the violinist talks playing Strads and modern instruments, and personalising his sound

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    Ray Chen: Waltzing Matilda in quartet arrangement


    Ray Chen, cover star of The Strad’s May 2018 issue , with his quartet, Made in Berlin, which features members of the Berlin Philharmonic: Noah Bendix-Balgley, Amihai Grosz and Stephan Koncz. The track is included on Ray Chen’s new album ‘The Golden Age’. The arrangement is by the quartet’s ...

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    Ray Chen: 'Failure was so much more meaningful towards my overall development'


    In this extract from a candid and wide-ranging interview, the violinist remembers leaving his home town of Brisbane, Australia, at the age of 16 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia – and immediately feeling out of his depth

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    Win a signed copy of Ray Chen's new CD


    In the May 2018 issue of The Strad, Ray Chen talks about his feats, failures and the digital revolution that has turned him into a violinist of a new generation. ’I didn’t want to wait until I had an established career,’ he says. ‘I wanted to start ...

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    Ray Chen plays the Sarabande from Bach's Partita no.2 in D minor


    ‘I’ve always been inspired by Bach’s musical connection to the divine. One might not be religious or devout but one cannot deny the presence of a higher force within his music,’ writes Ray Chen in the description of his latest video, filmed on 12 January 2018

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    Ray Chen teaches Harmonics


    In the latest in Ray Chen’s ‘Masterclass Monday’ YouTube series, he looks at natural and artificial harmonics and offers some hard-won tips on getting them right

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    Ray Chen's comedy videos - vol.2


    A compilation of funnies from the Taiwanese-Australian violin virtuoso, featuring turns from Daniel Hope, conductor Cristian Macelaru and others

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    Ray Chen rehearses Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic


    Ray Chen rehearses Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko for performances that took place on 22 and 23 June 2017. The video features commentary and insights from Chen about the concerto - the first work he ever played with an ...

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    Violinist Ray Chen breaks his string mid-performance


    In the video above Ray Chen demonstrates exactly how to react when breaking a string mid-performance. The violinist is performing with the Taiwan Philharmonic on a recent tour of Brussels when his string breaks. Coolly he turns to the orchestral leader and swaps instruments before continuing to ...

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    Violinist Ray Chen signs new recording deal with Decca Classics


    The violinist, who is a former winner of the Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, will make his first recording for the label later this year

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    'Taking part in competitions improved my playing tremendously,' says violinist Ray Chen


    The former winner of the Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth contests advises young musicians to stop thinking about prizes and instead to use competitions as vehicles for self-improvement

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    Violinist Ray Chen on practising for performance


    Ray Chen: 'When practising you must be sure that you are focused on every moment of performance. It's normal to think, 'Why did my practice go out the window?' after a performance, but it's because you didn't practise for that situation.' Violinist Ray Chen speaks about practising ...

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    Violinist Ray Chen to be guest leader of New Century Chamber Orchestra


    Ray Chen is to perform as guest concertmaster of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in a series of concerts this week. The Queen Elisabeth and Menuhin Competition-winning violinist will direct the San Francisco-based ensemble and perform as soloist in Mozart's Third Violin Concerto, and works by ...

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    Violinist Ray Chen gives masterclass on smooth bow changes


    Imagine that the paper is the instrument, the brush is the bow, and your musical line is the ink' Ray Chen continues his video masterclass series by analysing, with the aid of a paint brush, exactly what happens at the moment of a bow change. Watch: Violinist ...

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    Ray Chen's violin swapping Bach Double Concerto encore


    Ray Chen gives an entertaining rendition of Bach's Double Violin Concerto alongside close friends and conductors Diego Matheuz and Christian Vasquez. Chen was performing a concert as part of the El Sistema programme in Venezuela. Watch: Ray Chen comedy videos compilation Watch: The Strad Masterclass: Ray Chen ...

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    Violinist Ray Chen launches community crowdfunding campaign


    Musical Heroes’ initiative aims to recognise ‘unsung' trailblazers

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    The Strad Masterclass: Ray Chen on Mozart's Third Violin Concerto


    What makes Mozart so difficult to play? It's finding that perfect balance between simplicity on one hand, and complexity on the other. Like being young and energetic, but having a mature and experienced sound' Ray Chen talks about finding a balance in Mozart - and compares his music to a ...

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    Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. He burst onto the scene in 2008, winning the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, before following ...